My Father has lent me a Pentax Super Program that his father bought him when he was a teenager. It has lots of settings but can also be used on auto mode. I’ve been using P (playing it safe). Amazingly, I found the complete camera manual online.
I’ve taken 3 roles of film (35mm) and it’s been good fun. Having had a digital camera since 2008, I’d forgotten how much patience is needed when using film. At first I got bored of shooting and not being able to see the results until they’d returned from development. Now I’ve learnt to start a roll and finish it within a short time, otherwise I forget the ISO/ASA as well as what I’ve shot on the previous frames.
The strange thing I’ve also realised is that using an automatic film camera – where I have less expectation of exact focus, colour and exposure – I’m actually enjoying taking photos more, knowing that they’ll be what they are and that’s that. When I take my DSLR out on a walk I get impatient trying to tweak settings to capture the exact look I want. And I often feel unsuccessful.
These photos are my favourite from my first three roles of film. The first was way back in June 2018 and I can’t remember what it was. Second was Ektar 100 (which I shot at 200 and had pushed a stop) and the last role was on Kodak Gold Ultra 400.
Unknown Film 2018
Ektar 100 (Pushed one stop to 200)
Kodak Gold Ultra 400
I’ve recently bought 5 rolls of Fuji colour C200 film to try, so that will be coming next.
I’m currently distracting myself from feeling isolated with photographs and scrapbooking. We’ll get through this. Happy Tuesday in social distancing everyone.